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IBM allows govt to access its software codes
October 16, 2015   审核人:

Inordertounlockthebillion-dollargovernmentprocurementmarket,IBMCorpwillallowthegovernmentaccesstoitssoftwarecodes,aseniorexecutivesaidonThursday.

Thecompanyisthefirstoverseastechmajortopubliclyannouncesuchamove.

IBMagreedtolettheMinistryofIndustryandInformationTechnologyanditscertifiedinstitutestoexamineIBMproductsina"cleanroom"tomakesuretheyfitnationalinformationsecuritypolicies,saidSteveMills,seniorvice-presidentofIBMsoftwareandsystemsunit.

Callingtheplan"theabilitytoaddress'secureandcontrollable'Chinainitiative,"Millssaidthecompany'sgrowthinChinaneedsgovernmentsponsorship.

HedidnotspecifyifalltheproductsthecompanysellsinChinawillsubmittotheexamination.

CharlieDai,principalanalystatForresterResearchInc,saidthemovedemonstratedthecollaborativeattitudeofIBMtoworkwithChinesegovernmentandhelpinthedigitaltransformationforChinesecompanies.

"ItalsoshowsthatIBMisunderpressuretosustainitsbusinessgrowthinChina,addressingthesecurityconcernsofChinesegovernmentandecosystemexpansionaretwocriticalsteps,"Daisaid.

ChinaisonfullalertaboutinformationsecuritythreatssinceformerUSNationalSecurityAgencycontractorEdwardSnowdenunveiledmassivesurveillanceschemescarriedoutbytheUSgovernment.

InformationtechnologyproductspurchasedbygovernmentbodiesandState-ownedenterprisesallcomeunderthecategoryofgovernmentprocurementsector.Industryregulatorsarevettingalltheitemsforpossiblesecurityvulnerabilities.

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